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Mathias Rust

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Mathias Rust (born 1 June 1968) is a German aviator known for his flight that ended with a landing near Red Square in Moscow on 28 May 1987. A teenage amateur pilot, he flew from Helsinki, Finland, to Moscow, without authorization. He was tracked several times by Soviet Air Defence Forces and civilian air traffic controllers, as well as Soviet Air Force interceptor aircraft. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Mathias Rust has received more than 1,158,887 page views. His biography is available in 42 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 40 in 2019). Mathias Rust is the 18th most popular pilot (up from 21st in 2019), the 1,918th most popular biography from Germany (up from 2,123rd in 2019) and the 4th most popular German Pilot.

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Among pilots, Mathias Rust ranks 18 out of 48Before him are Ivan Kozhedub, Hermann Graf, Marina Raskova, Hezârfen Ahmed Çelebi, Chuck Yeager, and Valery Chkalov. After him are René Fonck, Joseph Kittinger, Claire Lee Chennault, Amet-khan Sultan, Vladimir Ilyushin, and Carl Gustaf von Rosen.

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Among people born in 1968, Mathias Rust ranks 44Before him are Lucy Lawless, Zvonimir Boban, Mateusz Morawiecki, Anastacia, Jim Caviezel, and Sam Rockwell. After him are Abdul Ghani Baradar, Lisa Marie Presley, Terry Crews, Guðni Th. Jóhannesson, Patricia Arquette, and Sabrina Salerno.

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In Germany

Among people born in Germany, Mathias Rust ranks 1,918 out of 6,142Before him are Friedrich Albert Lange (1828), Georg Lindemann (1884), Jacob Philipp Hackert (1737), Paul Drude (1863), Duchess Louise Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Schwerin (1779), and Prince George William of Hanover (1915). After him are Sophia Eleonore of Saxony (1609), Augustus, Grand Duke of Oldenburg (1783), Bernhard III, Duke of Saxe-Meiningen (1851), Fastrada (765), Heinz Jost (1904), and George Frederick, Margrave of Brandenburg-Ansbach (1539).

Among PILOTS In Germany

Among pilots born in Germany, Mathias Rust ranks 4Before him are Adolf Galland (1912), Ernst Udet (1896), and Hermann Graf (1912). After him are Helmut Wick (1915) and Gotthard Handrick (1908).